Assume the Position
Thursday, October 02, 2003
If Wesley Clark Were A Republican, Then…
Amiri Baraka (former New Jersey poet laureate) would add a stanza to his infamous poem:
Michael Moore, instead of appealing to Clark to "Run!," would be rehashing stuff he wrote in 1999:
And far from letting the story continue that he was "apparently unaware that he was being deceived by Clark's detractors" in the JCS when he agreed to Clark's early replacement as SACEUR, Bill Clinton would be draping himself in the mantle of Truman, claiming he had to do it to save the world from a loose cannon because, as Truman said about firing MacArthur:
[I've always considered the military interventions during the dissolution of Yugoslavia to have been politically inevitable. And that means that General Clark was given a tough job to do. But the libertarian and leftist and "international law" complaints about Operation Iraqi Freedom were shouted before, during, and after Operation Allied Force as well. Many of the Republicans who opposed "Clinton's War" were just as partisanly wrongheaded as many of the Democrats who oppose "Bush's War." General Clark's problem is that "Clark's War" runs from 1995 (Bosnia) through 1999 (Kosovo) and nearly all of the contemporaneous news reports are still available on the web—almost every complaint about the conduct of the war in Iraq has a nearly identical counterpart in Kosovo, and two of the exceptions (specifically targeting civil infrastructure and the use of US ground forces) lean in Bush's favor.]
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Progress is faltering, not in Iraq, but here on the blog.
About four months ago, as I was approaching the first anniversary of the blog, I realized I was bored with blogging and only going through the motions out of some ill-defined feeling of obligation, so I basically quit posting. (I published several empty posts to create a few weekly archive files because I though I might use them to organize some of my earlier posts; but other than that, nada.) I'm just glad I didn't waste the time and money to move off blogspot and then get bored with blogging.
Several times during the break I though about resuming. I'd write something with the intention of posting it and then change my mind for various reasons. On one occasion when I actually got to the point of posting an item, I discovered the blog had been moved to the newer Blogger software. Instead of posting anything, I ended up just playing around with the new screens.
This time, at least, I've made it as far as posting this and updating the blogroll. So there is some progress. It remains to be seen whether the break was temporary, of if this return to blogging will prove short-lived. At the moment, I'm hoping for the former, but I don't discount the chances of the latter.